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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

"Predictable gay outrage"

Tammy Bruce, a lesbian conservative writer in the US, talks about the "malevolent" response to an article critical of Barack Obama which she wrote for the gay publication The Advocate:
As you can imagine, up until now the gay press hasn't exactly gone out of its way to present alternative POVs to the gay community especially when it comes to politics. When that happens people get the false impression that everyone, remarkable in a certain group, all think the same. I've always found this comfort with conformity in the gay community disheartening and certainly hypocritical.

So I wasn't surprised at all to find on the Advocate's website comments on my article that were vicious, misogynistic and even somewhat threatening. Even just one letter of dissent is apparently too much for a community which demands acceptance from everyone else. I also know because moderate or conservative POVs are not usually offered by the gay press, moderate and conservatives gays simple don't read magazines like The Advocate, leaving a ghetto readership of leftists and liberals, hence, the malevolence in the response to my article.

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